19 Oct Where can I find funding sources to expand my small farm?
Answer: There are many different funding sources, programs, and grants for agricultural production. You will have to spend some time exploring the many different options and finding a program that matches what you are wanting to do.An excellent place to start is the USDA’s Small Farm Funding Resources. This guide contains information about funding sources for beginning farmers, training, technical assistance contacts, organizations with resources and programs for beginning and experienced farmers, and more.The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center identifies a number of potential funding sources and contacts that you should explore.Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities and NSAC’s Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs offer information on federal grants and programs. These two guides can help you find programs that may fit what you plan to do. The FSA Microloan program is a newer program that is typically easier to qualify for and access than some of the other grant and loan programs.You may also be interested in the ATTRA publications Financing Your Farm: Guidance for Beginning Farmers and Federal Resources for Sustainable Farming and Ranching. Finally, ATTRA continually posts funding opportunities on its website. A wide variety of grants are identified, ranging from national programs to very specific local grants.